Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation Native American Graduate Fellowship

Required Qualifications:

  • Pursuing a Master’s or Doctoral degree from Montana State University;
  • Minimum 2.5 undergraduate cumulative GPA and minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA during any graduate program work;
  • Earned a baccalaureate degree from a four (4) year regionally accredited institution of higher learning anywhere in the United States;
  • Montana resident;
  • Enrolled member of a Montana Native American Tribe;
  • United States citizen.

Additional Award Information:

  • Upon receipt of the Fellowship, the student is guaranteed one (1) year of funding and allowed a maximum of two (2) years of funding, provided the recipient remains eligible;
  • In order to remain eligible to receive funding for the second year, the student must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. At the end of fall semester of the first year, the Graduate School will review the student’s academic progress. If the student’s GPA is below a cumulative 3.0 at this time or at the end of the spring semester, the student must reapply for the Fellowship and will be subject to the competitive process for selection.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have provided a letter of support from the department in which they are enrolled as a graduate student, indicating that said department will provide them with a GRA or GTA stipend.

Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you an enrolled member of a federally recognized Montana American Indian tribe (including the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe)?
  2. Please select the tribes that you are an enrolled member of.
  3. Please describe your motivations for wanting to earn a graduate degree in your specific field of study. How does being a member of a Montana American Indian tribe contribute to your motivations?
  4. Please describe your current research focus, or, if a newly admitted student, your research area of interest.
  5. Please indicate if you will receive a graduate appointment from your department for this academic term. If so, indicated if you will be appointed as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and/or Graduate Research Appointment.
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